Our history

Do you know the nearly endless forests in southern Germany. Have you ever been to Lake Constance and the Black Forest or maybe our neighbors in Switzerland, Basel or Schaffhausen? What many do not know today, but is well known to connoisseurs, is the uncanny density and importance of this region in terms of clocks of all kinds. The history is deep and long before the days when electronics come almost exclusively from the Far East. Still today there are the Swiss with their fascinating and perfect clockworks, it was at that time the rural region in southern Germany which gained worldwide fame with its Black Forest clocks,

and above all the cuckoo clocks.

 

It was in the early seventeenth century, when the production of Black Forest clocks began. The preferred material was without question wood. Especially cherry, oak, maple and linden were the most popular species of wood. While the Black Forest used to be a classic mixed forest with foliage and coniferous trees, in the last few centuries it was gradually reforested almost exclusively with fast-growing coniferous trees, giving the forest its rather atypical, dark impression. The handling of wood and the profession of the woodcarver was a few decades ago still a typical occupation for this region, which is still today shown in the great elaborations of countless wall clocks.

 

While Swiss watch manufacturers still sell their modern wristwatches worldwide, the clock industry in the Black Forest and the surrounding area is rather restraint. But there are still small manufacturers and factories that still hold on to their traditions and their dreams to give their best every day to produce beautiful clocks with this age-old know-how.

 

But who really wants a cuckoo clock today? We all love nature. We also love the wood and the art of creating and owning unique things. So how would it be, we wondered a few years ago, if we combine this old knowledge of clocks, this great passion for wood and nature, as well as the precise clockworks from neighboring Switzerland and bring back a clock that embodies what we love so much? Maybe less cuckoo and more deer?

 

The passion for contemporary fashion, knowledge about wood and its workmanship led to the first wristwatch being made about three years ago. Followed by various mobile phone cases made of wood and some other products, there were countless individual pieces that were well received and perfected over the years. During those first years we regionally sold individual pieces, but in 2017 after long and arduous work they were ready for series production. With ingenious production and an unbeatable team of employees, we are now able to present our products to a wider audience.

 

With the goal to sell our watches worldwide to enthusiasts, we give our best every day for each manufactured product. We guarantee the best quality and the best components for each one of our watches. We attach foremost importance to sustainability and fair trade with our suppliers. Every watch and every mobile phone cover is unique because of the grain of the wood.

 

We guarantee that every product contains all our love and always a piece of nature that will accompany you in every situation.

A.Greif

The team  

  Armin 

Managing Director & Production

Nadja

Production seamstress

Meike

Sales & Graphic Design

Heinz

Production / watchmaker

Max

Timo

Frank

Hirsch

Photography

Production wood

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Production wood

Hannah

Production watches

Hirsch

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